Evening Sports Update

GAA

Maurice Deegan is to referee the All Ireland Club Football final next week. The Laois official will take charge of the meeting of Slaughtneil and Dr. Crokes. Deegan took charge of last year’s All Ireland final replay, dishing out black cards to Lee Keegan, Rob Hennelly and Jonny Cooper.

Former Galway hurler David Collins has been elected the new President of the GPA.

He replaces Dermot Earley who was appointed the players’ body chief executive last month.

Collins has been a member of the GPA Exectutive Committee since 2011, serving as Secretary for 2-years.

 

Camogie Next

And in the Littlewoods National Camogie League Division 3, Kerry will take on Roscommon in Cappataggle in County Galway due to no venue being available in Roscommon.

That game takes place at 2 on Sunday.

 

Soccer:

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he’s confident their new World Cup format will be protected from match-fixing. The 48-team tournament – which will be introduced in 2026 – will feature three-team groups, rather than ones made up of four countries. Infantino says he’s sure, it won’t mean more sides, trying to agree on results that send them both into the next round.

Steven Gerrard says Xabi Alonso’s career has been “perfect”.

The Spain midfielder will retire at the age of 35, saying it wasn’t an easy decision but that the time is right.

Alonso won the European Cup with both Liverpool and Real Madrid and has been at Bayern Munich since 2014.

The Basque also helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup and a pair of European Championships.
Horse Racing:

Jockey David Mullins took the racing world by storm in 2016 when winning the Grand National on “Rule The World” while still a teenager.

Next week he heads back to the UK hoping to achieve his biggest ambition of riding a winner at the Cheltenham Festival.

The in-demand 20-year-old has a series of eye catching rides, most notably on the Nicky Henderson’s trained Brain Power in the Champion Hurdle next Tuesday.

David’s been speaking of his excitement with Mike Vince.

 

 

Rugby:

Scotland rugby union head coach Vern Cotter says they’re not thinking about using any weird tactics in Saturday’s Six Nations match against England at Twickenham. Italy repeatedly refused to form a ruck in a recent defeat to England. The boss of the Grand Slam champions, Eddie Jones, claimed that didn’t constitute a proper game of rugby. Cotter says they just want to perfect the basics.

 

Staying with Rugby

Jack Kelly returns from injury to partner in the centre for Ireland’s Under-20 meeting with Wales on Saturday. Fin-een Wy-cher-ley comes into the second row for the game while Gavin Coombes gets a first start at blindside. Ireland have three wins from their first three games

Golf

Seamus Power has made a bright start to the Valspar Championship in Florida.

He’s made the turn in 4-under par.

Graeme McDowell doesn’t tee off until around 6.30 this evening.

Jim Herman is the early leader on 9-under par.

Paul Dunne is five off the lead on level par following day 1 of the Indian Open.

The Greystones golfer shot a round of 72 in New Dehli.

Michael Hoey was 2-over when play was called to a halt for the day.

Leading the way is England’s David Horsey, who’s 5-under with 3-holes still to play of his opening round.

 

Boxing:

The proposed fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is just days away from being announced.

That’s according to ESPN reporter Steve Levy, who is close to the camps and has tweeted to say that the fight is on the cusp of being announced.

Reports in the USA suggest the deal has been agreed between the undefeated professional boxer and the UFC superstar.

McGregor was issued with a boxing licence in California last year.

No date has been set, but the fighters are eyeing the first two weeks in June.